The Lagos State Government has commenced the installation of free Wi-Fi at parks and gardens across the state.
Already, it said the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa had been completed with Internet access.
“This project represents a move towards the vision of making Lagos a smart city and provides new ways for the public to enhance social leisure activities,” the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Olufemi Odubiyi, said.
He spoke at a press briefing commemorating the second year anniversary in office of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode .
Odubiyi stated that the state government, through the Ministry of Science and Technology, “has provided a state-of-the-art Information and Communications Technology facility at Onikan Youth Centre to enhance youth development through e-learning and vocational studies.”
The commissioner also said that the state government had recruited over 7,000 people into the Lagos Neighbourhood Security Corps through the LASG Job Portal, an online platform for the registration of prospective job seekers.
He added that Lagos was the first state in the federation to provide a complete online recruitment and testing platform.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has urged residents in the state to embrace the newly designed portal known as ‘Citizens Gate’, which is aimed at facilitating interaction, communication and connectivity between the citizen and the state government.
He said that the platform would enable citizens to enquire about government services and provide an avenue to make suggestions on government’s services.
Odubiyi said that the Citizens Gate portal could be accessed through a web link and a downloadable mobile app from Google Play Store and Apple Store (Android and iOS).
He said, “We are imploring ‘Lagosians’ to embrace this laudable platform, which is first of its kind in the country. The portal will enable them to get faster responses on their enquiries without necessarily living their homes or offices as the case maybe.”
The commissioner said that the introduction of the portal would also improve the state budget, “thus, making planning a lot easier; preventing waste and encouraging savings that will aid provision of more services and development.”
He said, “The initiative will enable government to see through a one-click report on the performance of ministries, departments and agencies with performance indicators, thereby bridging communication gap between the citizens and government.”
Odubiyi added that the Ministry of Science and Technology had carried out various training programmes for authorised officers representing different MDAs to ensure proper and adequate service delivery.